This sweet and tangy slow cooker orange chicken recipe is a quick prep dinner that your family will love! This easy crock pot orange chicken is refined sugar-free and can easily be made gluten-free.
½cupfreshly squeezed orange juice
3tablespoonslow sodium soy sauceor tamari for gluten-free
pinchof crushed red pepper flakesoptional, more or less to taste
1 ½poundsboneless skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
cooked brown or white ricefor serving
chopped green onionsfor serving
In a liquid measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk together the orange juice, water, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes (if using).
Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker. (I use and recommend this 5 quart slow cooker.) Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken.
Cover and cook on high setting for 2 ½-3 hours or low setting for 4-5 hours, until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken to a cutting board, and let cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and ¼ cup water. Pour into the sauce in the slow cooker and stir until well combined.
Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and return it to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until sauce is thickened. This can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes, depending on if your slow cooker was previously on high or low.
Serve chicken and sauce over cooked brown or white rice. Garnish with chopped green onions, if desired.
Nutrition information does not include your choice of brown or white rice.